Semiconductor Assoc. Applauds Passage of TPA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week today applauded Congress for approving the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Although passage of the TPA puts the U.S. closer to a controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the SIA said the TPA “will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry and [the U.S.]  economy by paving the way for…

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What Happens to Purchasing When Suppliers Merge?

Purchasers fret when suppliers merge. As well they should. Continuity of supplies is critical to success in the procurement world and nothing threatens this more than mergers and acquisition activities. An acquisition can result in the elimination of product lines, derailing carefully laid out procurement plans. A spate of recent acquisitions in the semiconductor market…

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Riverwood Solutions Appoints Pat Meagher to Lead New Product Realization Services Group

Dallas, TX – Riverwood Solutions, the innovator in managed supply chain services and operations consulting, today announced Pat Meagher is joining the company as Executive Vice President of product realization.  Meagher will have the responsibility of leading a new group at Riverwood Solutions that integrates the full product realization lifecycle for companies. “There's a major…

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Murata Bolsters IoT Focus

Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has optimized its Broadcom-enabled wireless modules to easily integrate with Freescale’s i.MX applications processors for smart, secure and connected solutions in the consumer, industrial and automotive segments. The electronic components manufacturer also announced it has joined the Freescale Connect Partner Program as a Proven Partner. The partnership leverages Freescale’s i.MX applications…

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Newark element14: A Decade of Change

Tom Hudak’s resignation as president of Chicago-based Newark element14 this week underscores several major management and branding changes at the distributor over the past decade. Since 2003, the North American distribution business of UK-based Premier Farnell plc has had five presidents and two brands, changing from Newark Electronics to NewarkInOne and now Newark element14. While management…

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IBM Deepens Partnership With Chip Designers

IBM Corp. has announced that it will offer a new cloud service for companies looking to design chips for electronic products such as mobile phones, wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. Dubbed the IBM High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation, IBM executives said the company has partnered with SiCAD, Inc., a silicon…

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